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5 Must Have Graduation Party Favors

graduation party favor ideas

It’s almost graduation time! Time to celebrate the completion of the time spent at school and get ready for the adventures ahead! If you are planning on hosting a party to honor a special graduate, or if you have lots of wonderful grads to remember, here are 5 must have graduation party favors that are sure to do the trick!

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Graduation Favor Boxes

Graduation Hat Favor Boxes

I love these little hats! You can fill them with a note, candy, confetti, or other small gift. They would look great on a party table or they could be a perfect “special something” to give to all your grad’s friends to let them know you were thinking of them.
Personalized Scalloped Party Labels

Personalized Party Labels

These fun labels come in an assortment of colors and styles to match any party theme. Then you can customize them even more with a name, a date, and a message. These would make great accents on your invitations, thank you notes, or party favors. (The picture shows labels for a baptism, but you can design them for your graduation party).
Class of 2017 Black Stadium Cups

Class of 2015 Stadium Cups

If you are hosting a graduation celebration, you are going to need cups. These Class of 2017 stadium cups are perfect because they go with classic graduation party décor, they are unique to your party theme, and best of all, they can be saved as a party souvenir (they make great pencil holders for college dorms)!

Class of 2017 Black Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies JarA Jar of Cookies

I think this personalized Class of 2017 jar full of chocolate chip cookies is an amazing idea for a graduation gift! I have so many kids that I would like to do something for, and not only are these cookies delicious, they are also reasonably priced, which makes them perfect for party favors or small gifts for groups of grads.

Great Books

I saved my favorites for last! Books are always a great gift for a graduate, and there are so many fun titles out there to choose from! Here are a few of my favorites:

1001 Things Every College Student Needs to Know Believe Book Oh The Things You'll Need Book

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Graduation Party Ideas

Graduation Photo Booth Props - Black and Gold Decorations from BigDotOfHappiness.com

Graduation Party Photo Booth Props Kit 

It’s springtime, and that means it’s almost time for graduation! Do you know someone special who is graduating this year? Will you be planning a graduation party? Here are some graduation party ideas and fun new graduation party supplies that we love for 2015.

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Photo Booth Props — Photo booths are a great idea to capture memories at a graduation party, prom, Senior lock-in or other school event. We found this fun 20 piece photo booth prop set at Big Dot of Happiness. It comes in silver or gold and has everything you need to set up an amazing photo booth.

Keys to Success Open House Pack For 60Personalized Graduation Party Ware — If you are hosting a grad party, you will definitely need lots of tableware for drop in guests. We found a variety of great options at Shindigz.com, including these fun personalized party supplies.

If you would rather hang some photos of your grad instead of putting his picture onto your party plates, here are a few other great decorating ideas.

Tassel Worth The Hassle - Gold - Graduation Photo Garland Banners
Graduation Photo Garland
Graduation Photo Yard Sign - Grad Party Decorations
Graduate Photo Yard Sign
Graduation Party Photo Table Confetti - 27 ct
Graduation Photo Table Confetti

 

Signature Graduation Cap
Another idea at graduation time is to keep a memory of all the special friends, teachers, and relatives that have been an important part of your grad’s school days. I love the idea of creating a keepsake at your graduation event. One easy idea is using a graduation signature mat frame and have all your guests write their well wishes on it. Another fun twist on this idea is putting out a signature graduation cap for friends to sign.

Finally, adding some special touches to your party can go a long way towards making it truly memorable. One new idea we found this year is graduation cap bottle toppers. These can make any beverages look extra special.  Giving your guests graduation bubbles or other graduation party favors can also be fun.


Graduation Cap Party Bottle Toppers
graduation party ideas

For many more great graduation party ideas, be sure to visit our graduation party page at creative-party-themes.com.

 

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Team Senior Night Ideas

senior night collage

 This week marked the end of the league game season for the high school softball teams in our area, and since I am the team mom for my daughter’s school I was put in charge of coming up with some Senior Night ideas to honor the players who were graduating this year. Here are some of the things that we came up with for our team, and even more fun Senior Night ideas we collected from the team that we played.

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1. Senior Night Gifts  — The team we played on Senior Night pooled their money and got each graduating player a sweatshirt from the college that they would be attending next year. For our team, we asked each non-Senior player to contribute a note and/or small gift to be put into a Senior Night gift basket. The gift ideas could be anything from gift cards to small items with personal meaning for each player. Here are some of the gifts ideas that went into our Senior Night basket:

  • Framed team photo  senior night gifts
  • T-Shirts with the team logo
  • Small items from the college each player would be attending
  • Softball key chains and eye black
  • Glass candy jar with players’ favorite candies, personalized with their name and college written in college colors
  • Humorous items from jokes throughout the season
  • Personalized CDs with the team walk-up songs
  • Gift cards

2. Senior Posters and Banners — A great idea that the other team put  together was posters for each girl with their name, graduating year, and a collection of Senior Night posterpictures including one from when they were little, one team picture, one picture with the coach, and a few action shots. These looked great! For our Seniors we made a big banner to hang on the backstop , as well as colorful poster board softballs with each graduate’s name, uniform number, and graduating year.

3. Senior Night Decorations —  Decorating the locker room and around the field can make Senior Night even more special. Here are some ways to make your game area look great!

  • Hang banners
  • Use balloons
  • Write messages for graduates on walkways using sidewalk chalk
  • Spray paint the Seniors’ names and numbers in the outfield
  • String streamers in the locker room and hang a star with each Senior’s name from them
  • Write the Seniors’ names and numbers on the field using line powder
  • Set out big cardboard stand ups of each Senior near the spectator area

Senior Night Decorations

In the locker room where we played out last game, the home team has a huge beam painted in their team colors. As each class of players graduates, it is a special right for them to get to sign their name and class with Sharpie pen on the beam.

4. Senior Night Activities — Including some special activities can make Senior Night really memorable. Here are some things we did for our graduates:

  • Each Senior was walked onto the field with her parents, where she was presented with balloons (*I made special balloon weights by drilling a hole through a softball and running the ribbons through), her gift basket, and flowers for mom. Then first the coach said a few words about each girl, and after that each player got to speak, thanking her parents and coaches, and offering some words of wisdom for the younger players on the team. (This was really sweet, and I have to say that there were very few dry eyed in the parent section of the bleachers during this part of the evening!)
  • The National Anthem was performed by a volunteer player on the team (Also very touching)
  • After the game we had a potluck taco dinner for everyone, with lots of amazing food and desserts. This turned out to be a highlight of the evening because the girls got to unwind, laugh about memories of the season, look through their gift baskets and generally goof around.
  • Another fun idea was to show a musical slideshow of the season, with a special section dedicated to then and now pictures of the Senior players.

Senior Night

In all, it was a really great night, and a great way to commemorate the last home game for a wonderful group of Senior players.

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Kentucky Derby Cocktails

 

Cocktails for the Kentucky Derby

It’s almost time for the annual Race for the Roses, and what better way to celebrate than with some amazing Kentucky Derby cocktails! Of course the classic mint julep is the first drink that comes to mind when thinking of the Derby, but here are recipes for five amazing options to round out your race day celebration!




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THE ROYAL STRETCHKentucky Derby cocktails

  • 1 1/2 oz. Crown Royal
  • 3 oz. sparkling water or club soda
  • Splash of cherry juice or grenadine

Serve over ice in a Collins glass with mint leaf garnish.

CHOCOLATEY BOURBON SHAKE

This is a yummy dessert shake for adults!Kentuckyt Derby cocktails

  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 2 cups mint chocolate chip ice cream

Combine in blender until you get the desired consistency. Serves two.

MINT JULEP SWEET TEA

We found this combination of two southern favorites at Southern Living Magazine

  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh mint leavesKentucky Derby cocktails
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 cups cold sweetened tea
  • 1 cup bourbon
  • Crushed ice
  • Garnish: fresh mint sprigs

Combine first 3 ingredients in a 2-qt. pitcher. Press mint leaves against sides of pitcher with back of spoon to release flavors. Stir in tea and bourbon. Serve over crushed ice. Garnish, if desired.

BASIL LEMON MOONSHINEKentucky Derby cocktail

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 3 cups shredded fresh basil
  • 1 (750-milliliter) bottle moonshine (such as Ole Smoky Original Tennessee Moonshine)
  • 2 (2- x 1-inch) lemon peel strips
  • 6 fresh basil leaves
  • 2 (2- x 1-inch) lemon peel strips

Cook sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring often, 5 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Cool 10 minutes. Stir in shredded basil, moonshine, and 2 lemon peel strips. Pour into a large glass jar. Seal with lid, and chill 24 hours to 2 weeks. Strain into a bowl; discard solids. Return to jar. Add basil leaves and 2 lemon peel strips. Refrigerate up to 2 months.

MINT VODKA MARTINIKentucky Derby cocktails

  • 6 mint leaves
  • 1 Tbsp. simple syrup
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 3 Tbsp. vodka

In a cocktail shaker, muddle mint and syrup. Add ice and vodka and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled martini glass.

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